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Is Fortnite down? And if so then how long is the Fortnite downtime?

Is Fortnite down?
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If you're asking is Fortnite down, then you've no doubt tried to log on for a battle royale session and received some sort of error message, or just not been able to connect. Usually this is a sign that the Fortnite servers are down, which can be a frustrating situation when all you want to do is play the game, but usually these issues don't last for too long. So whether you're having connection issues, getting error codes, or there's Fortnite scheduled downtime taking place, we've got all of the information you need to know.

Generally Epic's magnum opus is pretty good and stable when it comes to servers, but connection problems can still be an issue when it comes to Fortnite. That's why we've got all the error codes and latest on the Fortnite servers clearly spelled out for you below.

Is Fortnite down?

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At time of writing on January 18, there is scheduled maintenance taking place to roll out the the latest update so the Fortnite servers are down. This should only be a temporary disruption lasting a couple of hours, so you'll soon be able to log on again and play as normal.

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If there are issues, the main place to check for information is the @FortniteStatus Twitter feed, which details any current issues with gameplay or connectivity. It also confirms when scheduled downtime for maintenance is due to happen in advance, as well as when the Fortnite servers will be back up. Scheduled downtime normally takes place at 1am PDT / 4am EDT / 9am GMT and lasts for 2-3 hours on average, with timing aimed to minimise disruption.

Obviously, if you're trying to play the game and can't connect, then that's a good indication of the Fortnite servers not responding. Often you'll receive an error code (see below) or message from the game's menu screen, confirming that a known issue is taking place, and this may even indicate a rough time when the Fortnite servers are coming back up. You can also visit the Epic Games Public Status site to see what Fortnite services are currently reporting as Operational and which have issues.

Finally, if you're still having issues with the game but there is nothing being reported by Epic, you can visit the Downdetector status page for Fortnite to see if other players are experiencing similar problems. If you see a sudden spike in reports coming in then you'll know you're not alone, and it's likely only a matter of time before official word is posted on the matter.

Most importantly, if you find out that Fortnite is down then don't panic! Server downtime in infrequent and usually lasts a couple of hours at most, so you shouldn't have to spend long asking when are the Fortnite servers coming back up and you'll be back to the battle royale in no time.

Fortnite error codes and what they mean

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Although it's rare to encounter a problem with the game that isn't well explained, sometimes Fortnite error codes appear that can stop your gaming session in its tracks. Here are the most common errors, with advice on how to fix them should they occur in your game:

Fortnite Error Code 0
This is usually a PC game client issue preventing the game from launching, so you should verify the game files from the client game settings, or run the command prompt as administrator and type "sfc/scannow" then Enter.

Fortnite Error Code 86
Fortnite Error Code 91
These errors relates to issues with party services or joining another player's party, and the first step is to restart the game. If that doesn't resolve the error, then try changing the party settings to private and inviting again.

Fortnite Error Code 93
This is another error relating to joining parties, though the fix is slightly different. Try changing your character's outfit, changing the party to public then joining without an invite, or joining your friend through the Epic Games friend list.

Fortnite Error Code 500
This is a serious issue that prevents the game from launching, and there is no easy fix you can do. The good news is that Epic are usually swift at issuing an update to resolve the problem, so you shouldn't be shut out for long.

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